What my family is doing to help Obama win

by singlemomseeking on October 15, 2008

If you’ve also wondered why my posts have been spotty on the weekends, it’s not because I’m busy dating. I’ve been volunteering for the Obama campaign. With my kid.

At “The Power of Words” fundraiser in support of Barack Obama last weekend at Ellen Sussman‘s (we raised $75,000!)

Mia Lipman, editor extraordinaire, and yours truly.

With Scott Hutchins, new Stanford faculty friend…

Here we are, listening to Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, read.

In the meantime, my daughter and her friend ran a lemonade stand for Obama (they raised $100!) The girls went to the phone bank to drop off the cash. Everyone paused from making calls to applaud; one woman even got teary. (Yes, my kid said it was kind of embarrassing.)

Photos taken by Mia Lipman and Ted Weinstein

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justagirl October 16, 2008 at 8:15 am

I hate this election. I wish we had a thousand more choices, and I hope Obama wins. I never thought I would say that in the beginning but I seriously hope he wins. Palin makes me throw up a little in my mouth and I love me some Biden.

justagirl’s last blog post…Dragomir, My New Hero

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Jim Everson October 16, 2008 at 9:41 am

Holy smokes, Scott Hutchins is a dead ringer for a young Stephen Fry. But I digress….

I feel very confident that Obama will win. At this point, I think he could do anything short of committing murder and still win the election.

I’ve always been politically moderate. In my opinion, extremist positions, on either side of the spectrum, do more harm than good. And, as bizarre as it seems, I’ve always found myself to be sympathetic to politicians who’s message is a bit on the dull side, experience showing that these people actually tend to be more effective administrators, able to persevere through bureaucracy, and realistically negotiate compromises (the actual art of politics). I don’t need my politicians to be “personalities.” I look elsewhere for my entertainment and role models.

That being said, I now have to say that the current administration has me ready to stump for the communist party. And I can’t help but think that a lot of moderates like me feel the same way. If the last two elections were close, I think it is safe to say that the disgruntled group in the middle that is going to throw this election to the Democrats.

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singlemomseeking October 16, 2008 at 1:36 pm

I’m back!

My current host server is giving me a headache. They apparently lost all of the database on my blog today… and fortunately recovered it. After 5 hours.

Thanks to two sane guys for keeping my head on straight, I can’t recommend them enough for anyone who needs a:

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and

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Oh, yes, Go Obama!

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judy October 16, 2008 at 8:06 pm

I teach a kinder – 2nd grade class for kids with behavioral, social/emotional and cognitive challenges. Today my assistants and intern all shared the same thoughts as we independently watched the debate. We teach problem solving, dispute resolution, giving clear messages, telling the truth and taking the higher road with the kids over the same type of petty crap the two candidates exhibited.

Honestly, they both lied, argued, refused to take responsibility for past actions and statements and circumvented all conversations that would not benefit them.

I don’t let the kids in my room get away with that. I can only imagine the conversations that may occur with other heads of state and either of these two.

Neither deserve my vote.

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Leah October 16, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Rock on! I am reading his memoir right now and am totally captivated. I’m hoping to spend some time making calls this weekend at a local call bank!

Leah’s last blog post…Falling

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Big Papa October 16, 2008 at 8:43 pm

As a member of the Joe plumbers- butt union, I can’t think of a single reason to vote for McCain other than to offer a sign of condolence and prayers for his mental well being and a swift mental recovery from his obvious stroke. Mr. McCain has all of the signs of being victim to a drug cocktail, equivalent to heroin and Viagra, justifying the stiffness to his right arm.

McCain could more effectively be the spokesperson for Hilltop Ford than he could being a candidate for the United States presidency. My friends, Mr. McCain couldn’t please his Barbie doll, made-over wife let alone the millions of Americans who are hardly able to keep their head above water in this financial crisis.

Given the chance, John would have pulled out his white hood and castigated Obama as the downfall of America. His innate abilities as a boy scout to conjure up a noose knot would not have gone unnoticed by the Democratic constituency, and his fluttering eye lashes would be the conclusive give-away to the ultimate betrayal of human decency. Long live Obama!

Big Papa’s last blog post…I see it as half full…

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Legal Editor Mom October 17, 2008 at 6:41 am

Judy,
What debate were you watching? Obama was very open and honest and there was not one question that he didn’t answer or even hedged on, while McCain contradicted himself more than once, and it’s been proven that he lied, rather than merely allegations being put out there as has been done to Obama.

From day one Obama has been concerned with the issues and maintained a calm, composed stance while being verbally attacked by his opponents. It’s funny how Obama’s lack of experience was a huge issue for them, then when Palin was picked, that argument quieted down. Gee, I wonder why?

Recently McCain’s campaign staff openly admitted that they did not want to discuss the economy, and thus were going to shift the focus to Obama’s supposed ties to people of questionable character. However, his strong and steady lead in virtually all polls indicate that this has not worked.

So what does do then? Steal Obama’s campaign slogan and attempt to use one American as an example for all the people he now claims to want to help. Yet throughout his campaign, he didn’t mention the middle class, nor come up with plans which would provide substantial benefits and relief as Obama has!

There are only two real options during this election, and not voting would be as big a shame as voting for McSame. If you follow the news closely, you’ll see that the Republicans are worried and many of McCain’s strongest supporters are hard pressed to continue to defend him. Even the vast majority of independents who were undecided have stated that after this last debate, they will vote for Obama.

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singlemomseeking October 17, 2008 at 7:45 am

So, Judy, you’re not voting?

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deesha October 17, 2008 at 8:12 am

M has combined two of my favorite “things”: Obama and lemonade!!!

Last Sunday, my girls and I attended a reading, “Poets for a Better Country”, and in about 2 hours, our little crowd raised $1,500 for Obama. The same, uh, version of him (mimus the beads) attended that event as attended yours! Ha!

deesha’s last blog post…I’m just glad there were no custody issues to decide…

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Kelly October 17, 2008 at 10:16 am

Holy smokes, Lemony Snicket at an Obama rally is full of win.

BTW, someone took my Obama bumper sticker off my car. Sore losers.

Kelly’s last blog post…And Now I Love Him More

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Legal Editor Mom October 17, 2008 at 10:34 am

By the way, SMS, I meant to commend you on your volunteer work, and in including M in the process. It is important that our children understand how elections and the overall function of government in our lives affects them as well and impacts their futures.

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Honey October 17, 2008 at 12:22 pm

I thought Johnny Depp was Lemony Snicket?!

Honey’s last blog post…Defining Poverty

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judy October 17, 2008 at 7:34 pm

that’s right Rachel…not voting this election

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NappyKitchen October 18, 2008 at 6:59 am

@ Judy – Wow, not voting?!?! I can’t imagine …..

Too many people (Black, White, and others) have sacrificed SO much in order to give me and my family the right to vote.

I was telling a friend recently that many of the efforts of the NON-Black civil rights advocates of the 60′s are often ignored by the media today. I’m having to ‘dig them up’ in order to teach my son that it wasn’t just a ‘Black thing’.

…… so none of the Independent or Green Party candidates tickle your fancy either? ;)

@ SMS – Like you, I started teaching my 7 year old son about the election process. He’s even writing a letter to his choice candidate! Too cute.

Kudos to you and M!

NappyKitchen’s last blog post…The Case Against Hair Grease

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Avigail74 October 18, 2008 at 7:33 am

I’m beyond impressed that most of you are out there helping Obama win–it’s really a beautiful thing. My 6 year old daughter is going to sit with me at our kitchen table and vote. She is very excited to do that with me.

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Buterflymom October 18, 2008 at 11:05 am

I’ve read all of this and thought about it for a while. Awesome you’re supporting Obama. i wish i had more time.

to Judy,
maybe you haven’t found something that inspires you yet. As i have been looking over my ballot, there are abour 14 other things to vote on as well as representatives and school board people. I’m sure some of that will pertain to you as a teacher. and would you really want the kids that you teach to give up and not find something to believe in. i feel you’re not looking deep enough into both sides to find what you need. And then there’s always Nader. :0)
there are so many important issues locally and nationally to turn away from the booths.

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Rick October 23, 2008 at 7:05 am

I love your site. I am a divorced dad who seems to be in your mirror position, and am also a liberal blogger supporting Barack Obama.

Keep up the great work!

Rick´s last blog post…Quick Slants for October 23, 2008

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Leslie from Florida October 23, 2008 at 8:59 pm

I’m so glad I found this little site! I am the proud single mother of a four year old son, a part-time student (by the way I may have to drop out of school if things don’t get better economically), and a full time employee. Things have gotten harder this year and the next pay check is so far away. Health care coverage for my son is expensive and it takes up a lot of my paycheck, but my son has coverage and that is a price I am going to have to pay. I am also a international studies major and foreign policy is something that the McCain/Palin are not going to handle since they embrace the idealogy of “either you are with us or against us” attitude that I find most unpatriotic.
I see in Barack Obama what my son could be. I know and believe that Barack Obama and Joe Biden will bring this country together and rally our allies next to us to fight against terrorism and bring diplomacy to many hostile and unstable nations.

VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN!!

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